Trust in the workplace is an important aspect of business success. If an organisation is able to foster a culture of trust then this will boost productivity among staff, improve morale and allow colleagues to work more effectively as a team – and this can have huge benefits for the business.
Despite trust being so important in corporate environments, new research from CoachHub found that two-thirds of mid to senior-level managers don’t feel comfortable talking to HR about issues such as personal development, while 15% said that they wouldn’t reach out over fears of being viewed as an ineffective leader. Elsewhere, a freelance writer who recalled being “brutally rejected” when asking for feedback in his job search later said that “HR are just cops without the guns” on Twitter. While this Twitter post may be considered an isolated case, that alongside the research may suggest that people don’t trust HR as much as they should.
In this week’s podcast, HR Grapevine’s Online Editor, Sophie Parrott, sits down with Kieran Howells, Deputy Editor at Executive Grapevine Digital Media to explore whether trust in HR is broken, how trust can damage the corporate culture and how HR can build trust back up.
Additionally, the pair share insights from an employment lawyer – about the legal dangers for employers if staff feel they can’t confide in HR – as well as recommendations from the ex-Group HR Director at the Post Office who provides tips for regaining employee trust.
Listen on to find out more.